Saturday, July 07, 2007

Family Fun on the Fourth

4th of July has lately been spent at my sister's, about 10 minutes from my house. She has a beautiful backyard with a pool, so it's an ideal place for the family to gather. This year was no exception. We arrived around 1 and spent the majority of the day hanging out and talking. Our parents were there from Maine and our other sister and her family were there as well.

As the day turned into evening, it started to rain, so the party moved inside. The girls had thought about going into Boston to the Pops Concert & Fireworks, but the rain put a damper on those plans. Eventually some of us went to the lake down the hill to the fireworks there. For a small town, they weren't too bad (unlike my photo-taking).

At home, May was keeping company with the patriotic bears =)

Fourth of July Night
The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky
A white sky bomb fizzed on a black line.
A rocket hissed it's red signature into the west.
Now a shower of Chinese fire alphabets,
A cry of flower pots broken in flames,
A long curve to a purple spray, three violet balloons---
Drips of seaweed tangled in gold, shimmering symbols of mixed numbers,
Tremulous arrangements of cream gold folds of a bride's wedding gown---
A few sky bombs spoke their pieces, then velvet dark.
The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky.
~ Carl Sandburg

2 comments:

Sunny said...

I like that fireworks pic. I'm right partial to light reflections on wet ground after dark.

Inland Empire Girl said...

Nice poem. I will add it to my collection.